Japan’s amazing bike parking system

24 Feb

Tokyo has one of these too.


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Compared to Tokyo, Japan’s former capital, Kyoto, is fairly compact. Most of the commercial development is clustered around Kyoto Station, with a ring of temples, gardens, and other historical sites surrounding the more modern parts of the city.

Kyoto is also relatively flat, and the grid pattern its major streets are laid out on makes it an easy town to get around by bicycle. Of course, Kyoto doesn’t want an unsightly mass of parked bikes marring the scenery and cluttering pedestrian walkways, which is why at one of the city’s major transportation hubs there’s a subterranean, automated bicycle parking lot, and if that sounds awesomely high-tech, wait until you see it in action.

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4 Responses to “Japan’s amazing bike parking system”

  1. kanne29 March 2, 2015 at 11:05 am #

    This is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

    • tokyo5 March 3, 2015 at 11:08 am #

      Yes, Japan has many kinds of unique things that make life convenient.


  2. Musings February 26, 2015 at 3:37 am #

    Wow! This really is remarkable!

    Liked by 1 person

    • tokyo5 February 26, 2015 at 8:39 am #

      Yeah, I saw one in Tokyo. I wasn’t on a bicycle at the time so I didn’t try it out.
      There are also similar automatic underground parking garages for cars in Japan too. As well as, elevated parking spaces that allow two or sometimes three cars (or bicycles, in some cases) to share one space.


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